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19 February 2021 Council News

Environment Committee 25 February 2021

Members of the public are invited to attend a virtual meeting of the Environment Committee which will take place on Thursday 25 February.

 

Thursday 25 February - 4.30 pm 

 

Allotment Holders Question Time

 

Questions from Allotment Holders will be answered at the beginning of the meeting and must be emailed to info@blythtowncouncil.org.uk by 12 noon on Monday 22 February 2021.

 

Please title your email “Question from Allotment Holder”. No questions will be taken at the meeting.

 

Members of the public can attend virtually by clicking the link within the supporting documents.

 

Items on the agenda include:

 

- NCC in attendance to discuss Balloon/Lantern releases

- Blyth Estuary

- EDF Renewables in attendance to discuss Phase 2 Blyth Offshore Demonstration Wind Farm

- Bespoke litter bins

- Blyth in Bloom competition

- Cycle Stands

- Broadway Plants

- Play Area Kitty Brewster

- Dog Fouling & Additional Bins

- Environmental Enforcement Officer Reports (November, December, January)

 

Full Agenda including all items available here - https://www.blythtowncouncil.org.uk/meetings.php (Opens in a new window)


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    15 February 2021 Council News

    Friends of Ridley Park - £50,000 park entrance fundraising drive relaunched

    Blyth’s Friends of Ridley Park are relaunching a £50,000 fundraising campaign to create a stunning new entrance to Ridley Park.

    The idea of the entrance began back in 2015 at a member meeting where it was strongly felt that young people in Blyth should have their say about how to improve the entrance. After discussions with two local senior schools, work began in 2017 between Friends of Ridley Park and The Blyth Academy.

    Chair of Friends of Ridley Park Fiona Gibson explained: “We felt that if young people took ownership of the design, they would look after this green space well.

    “Throughout 2017 we worked with a keen group of students, supported by a member of staff, to design a new main entrance. All this work was done in break times and after school.

    “It was treated as a real life work commission including a design brief, several rounds of feedback and revisions to the design. In 2018 we raised £1,000 to engage a Blyth based architect to prepare the necessary planning application and apply for planning permission. This was was granted in 2019.

    “2019 was a busy year for the group, so it was only after completing a number of other projects in the park that we started to focus on this bigger project, quickly securing a conditional grant of £15,000 from Blyth Town Council which will be paid if we raise the remaining £34,000 needed. Then Covid happened and our activities were very much curtailed.

    “We’re delighted that blacksmith artist Stephen Lunn will be interpreting the students’ designs. Stephen made the spectacular gates at Alnwick Gardens so we know his work will provide a wonderful park entrance.

    “While we are still in lockdown and there are likely to be restrictions for some time, the Friends felt that having something like this to focus on and look forward to would be a boost for the town.

    “We can’t do our normal fundraising events at the moment, so we’re trying to find imaginative ways to raise the money so we can realise this dream and create a park entrance the whole town can be proud of.”

    Friends of Ridley Park has signed up with One Lottery where people can buy £1 lottery tickets, 50p of which comes straight back to the fundraising cause.

    Supporters who shop on line can also sign up with EasyFundraising and Amazon Smile and look for Friends of Ridley Park. These organisations donate money every time you shop and it doesn’t cost you a penny.

    To buy One Lottery tickets go to https://www.onelottery.co.uk/support/friends-of-ridley-park

    Sign up with EasyFundraising at https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/dashboard/#

    Sign up with Amazon Smile at https://smile.amazon.co.uk

    People can also make a donation to Friends of Ridley Park. Contact Friends’ secretary Claire Young at claire.forp@yahoo.com for details.

    You can find out more Stephen Lunn at http://anvilman.co.uk


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    11 February 2021 Council News

    Friends of Ridley Park Need Your Help

    Friends of Ridley Park need the help of the local community to reach their fundraising goal of £50,000 to transform the entrance to Ridley Park!

     

    FORP members are keen to move the park entrance project forward in any way that is safe to do so and to be part of an exciting recovery period for Blyth residents. FORP recognises how valuable the green space of Ridley Park is for everyone of all abilities and ages and we hope that we have your continued support with this.

     

    To support the cause there are 2 options:

     

    - Join Easy Fundraising and earn donations while you shop! (Opens in a new window)

     

    - Buy a £1 ticket from One Lottery (Opens in a new window)

     

    Background to the project:

     

    2017 - FORP worked throughout 2017 with a keen group of students, supported by a member of staff, to design a new main entrance. It was treated as a real life work commission including a design brief, several rounds of feedback and revisions to the design.

     

    2018 - FORP fundraised to pay for the planning application and engaged a Blyth based architect to prepare the necessary planning application.

     

    2019 - Full planning permission was granted in 2019. This was a busy year for the group so it was only after completing a number of other projects in the park that FORP started to focus on this bigger project, quickly securing a conditional grant of £15,000 from Blyth Town Council.

     

    Due to COVID-19 the activities were very much curtailed.

     

    Friends of Ridley Park therefore need YOUR help to fundraise and help create a brand new attractive space for all to enjoy!

     

    Please direct any queries to forpblyth@gmail.com


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    02 February 2021 Council News

    More Trees at Meggie's Burn

    Almost a year since our popular community tree planting event at Meggies Burn, Blyth Town Council bought a further 1,500 trees to extend the planting which was carried out by our Partnership Team on 29 January and 1 February 2021.

     

    A mixture of maple, cherry, hawthorn, hazel, pine, rowan and oak are being added to the stretch planted in 2020.  A wildflower mix will be added to enhance the biodiversity of the area.

     

    We were very disappointed that, due to the current circumstances, we could not hold another community event but hope that there will be more opportunities in a safer future as we are looking at tree planting in other areas.

     

     

    Council Planting Trees in Blyth   Blyth trees being planted   Council Planting Trees at Meggie's Burn, Blyth

     

     

     


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    28 January 2021 Council News

    Mecca Bingo Blyth Fundraising for Blyth Teenager

    George’s Journey

    George Pegg, from Blyth, was diagnosed with Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy at the age of three. George wrote a letter to the PM in 2015 appealing for help - Click here to see George’s appeal to the PM in 2015 (Opens in a new window)

     

    The Team at Mecca Bingo Blyth are aiming to raise £2,000 for George. The funds raised will help towards providing a lift for his wheelchair so he can perform tasks himself, like reaching into the fridge or sitting at a standard height table - things a lot of us take for granted everyday.

     

    The Challenge 

    The team at Mecca Bingo Blyth are aiming to (virtually) run, walk and cycle the 1083 miles from John O’Groats to Lands End in the 28 days of February, 2021.

     

    All donations will help, no matter how small.

     

    Donations link - https://www.gofundme.com/f/a6yg4-georges-journey (Opens in a new window)

     

    If you would like more information, please contact Mecca Bingo Blyth.


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